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July 2017 Awards

Campaigning against violence against women £2,000
The Centre for Legal Assistance for Women in Bosnia Herzegovina want to highlight the increased number of murders of women by their intimate partners, women who have been previously exposed to prolonged violence and left without institutional and community support. By organising “shocking” performances in three Bosnian cities, the group want to increase awareness and encourage citizens to get involved to challenge and condemn violence against women. With self-defence trainings in the same three cities, women will be offered a tool for basic defence from abusers, rapists, be empowered and have increased self-confidence. By joining forces with two other organisations, the Centre want to create a critical mass that will stand against violence against women, even after project ends.

www.cenppz.org.ba

May 2017 Awards

Countering anti-choice groups in Spain £2,000
In the last few years, anti-choice fundamentalist groups are more and more active in Spain, defending traditional family values and working against the right to abortion, same sex marriage and sexual education, among other issues. In 2016 the Catalan Women’s Fund (Calala Fondo de Mujeres) undertook research on who these groups are and their strategies. This led to a group of feminist organisations starting to coordinate with LGBT, migrant and health organizations in order to counter their arguments. Calala want to strengthen the capacities of the feminist movement to counter anti-choice groups and discourses through networking and training activities. In particular, they plan to

  1. Define and monitor a common strategy to counter the influence of the anti-choice groups
  2. Organise a workshop to develop skills on communication and argumentation against anti-choice discourses.

The project will be implemented in Barcelona, the city where Calala has its main office, but they will also involved organisations from Madrid and others cities that come to Barcelona for the workshop. Calala hope to organise a network with a common strategy

www.calala.org


Violence against socially excluded women in Ghana £1,500
The International Federation of Women Lawyers in Ghana (FIDA) is setting up a project which addresses violence against socially excluded groups such as women living with HIV and Aids and women and girls living with disabilities.  FIDA want to achieve a transformative change in the documentation of sexual and gender based that captures violent offences against socially excluded groups. Annual data from the Domestic Violence Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service treats women as a homogenous group, ignoring intersections of violence against socially excluded groups, and consequently, there is no critical data on intra gender violence.

The grant from the Feminist Review Trust will support the administration of the collection of oral histories. Through the use of oral testimonies, the project intends to show how marginalization in service responses deters vulnerable women from accessing justice.  A secondary use of the oral testimonies is as an education and information tool to raise public consciousness and show the differences in the nature of violence that confronts each group.  Hopefully the oral testimonies will also encourage and empower women to report cases to DOVVSU as well as FIDA-Ghana’s legal aid centre.  It is anticipated that DOVVSU will improve its documentation of SGBV data to make it more inclusive and take action to provide targeted services to vulnerable women.

www.fidaghana.org


Women affected by domestic violence providing peer support £3,268
The Feminist Review Trust is supporting Tyneside Women’s Health service users who have been affected by domestic abuse, and who have accessed domestic abuse support, to train as peer mentors.  As peer mentors, the women will set up and facilitate a monthly Safer Women Peer Support Group for other women affected by domestic abuse who have already attended and completed more structured services. This is a new project, and as such, women will be involved from the beginning in shaping and developing the service.  The Safer Women Peer Support Group will provide follow on support for women as they leave more formal and structured interventions.  The group will offer opportunities for reflection and sharing of tools and techniques learned in support groups will enable women to explore other community facilities and find out about what else is on offer locally such as training, volunteering opportunities, and leisure activities. A vital objective of the group is to help women to develop confidence, reduce social isolation, and reduce the risk of entering future abusive relationships.

The aim is for the group to become self sustaining after a 12 month set up phase that is run by and for women survivors of domestic abuse.

www.tynesidewomenshealth.org.uk

January 2017 Awards

Flower Power – making the invisible visible £1,000
We buy flowers to celebrate, to commiserate and to show love. The global supply chain for flowers is a massive industry and can often appear too difficult to tackle.  Women Working Worldwide want to start right at the very beginning – where flowers are grown and by whom – and work to improve their rights.

Africa is one of the biggest suppliers of flowers to the UK. Women, who make up the majority of the flower workforce, are often forced to work overtime, during peak times like Valentine’s Day, making childcare arrangements impossible to arrange and often not being paid the proper overtime rates.  Women frequently have to work on casual contracts, are discouraged from joining unions, work for very low wages and many face sexual harassment in the workplace. Many also suffer from burns, breathing difficulties and loss of sight because they are exposed to pesticides used on the flowers.

With a grant from the Feminist Review Trust, the Flower Power campaign will start at the beginning of February – before Valentines Day (14 February) – and run for one month. The website www.women-ww.org will have a quiz, pledges, competition, blogs and a video. It will also show who is affected, what the issues are, why the issues are important, where and how people can campaign, and what steps people can take in order to promote equality, reduce consumption and buy ethically and responsibly.

December 2016 Awards

Eastern European women’s support group £5,000
The Mediation and Advice Project CIC provides social welfare advice, community mediation and training services, and with this award will establish an Eastern European Women’s Support Group and volunteering programme, in the Southend and Castle Point Boroughs of Essex. The project will provide a fortnightly support group to share experiences and support, reduce isolation and provide a positive voice within a community for local women who are currently isolated, vulnerable, living in temporary or caravan accommodation, experiencing abuse or discrimination and on low incomes.  Women attending the group will be able to participate in a dedicated comprehensive training programme, to train as mentors, advisers and guiders. These roles will help the women practice English language skills, learn new skills to access employment or education and engage with the wider community through volunteering and advice provision.  The award from the Feminist Review Trust will fund a Project Co-ordinator to design, implement, organise and develop the Project and provide travel expenses for the volunteers who take part.

www.themedadproject.org.uk


LBT rights in Zimbabwe £2,000
Pakasipiti Zimbabwe seeks to highlight specific challenges of LBT women, including how LBT women often remain undocumented.  The project will engage in a process that highlights the narratives of LBT women in relation to rights, bodily autonomy and choice in a manner that makes them visible them.  It seeks to shift negative attitudes rooted in ignorance.   The project will create not only knowledge and facilitate documentation of LBT issues but also ensure that they also deal with issues of wellness and mental health.

The goal of Pakasipiti is to challenge pervasive human rights violations targeted against LBT women and to advocate for continued protection, wellness care and support for women who suffer discrimination, stigma, prejudice, torture, and abuse as a direct consequence of their sexuality.

www.pakasipitizimbabwe.wordpress.com


Sonic Cyberfeminisms £750
Sonic Cyberfeminisms is a 2-day event to be held at the University of Lincoln and nearby venues on 5 – 6 May 2017. Consisting of workshops, talks and performances, the event will bring together artists, academics and the wider public to address the participation of women, girls and other gendered minorities in the often male-dominated fields of music technology, audio production and sonic arts.

In recent years, the relationship between sound, gender and technology has gained increasing attention. There have been a number of artist networks, archives and educational initiatives established in the hope of tackling the gendered exclusions from and disparities within the technocentric fields of electronic music and audio production. Many of these projects can be understood to share some of the concerns and ideals of cyberfeminism. Emerging in the early 1990s, cyberfeminism sought to explore the potentials and possibilities of technology, computing and Cyberspace for feminist praxis.

Sonic Cyberfeminisms will provide an opportunity to critically reflect upon and innovatively contribute to current activism and debates concerning sound, gender and technology, while also drawing attention to the work of women in the fields of electronic music and sound technology; and encouraging women and girls to get involved in these fields.

The funding provided by the Feminist Review Trust will be fund five bursaries. In helping to cover travel, accommodation and childcare costs, these bursaries will allow the participation of women who would not otherwise be able to attend.

SONIC CYBERFEMINISMS, MAY 2017

http://extrasonicpractice.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk


Training and workshops for Syrian refugee women in Lebanon £8,700
Arsal is a poor Lebanese town of 35,000 in the mountains near the Syrian border. Since 2013, at least 70,000 Syrian refugees have been accommodated there, in tents and ramshackle buildings, enduring harsh winters and stifling summers, with dwindling savings and decreasing hopes of a speedy return to their Syrian homes. The presence of the refugees, as well as militant groups in the neighbouring hills, and army checkpoints, has caused significant strain to the town’s economy.

Edinburgh Direct Aid has been providing support to refugees in Arsal since 2013. EDA volunteers despatch aid donated by the Scottish public, and regularly visit the town to distribute the aid and buy immediate necessities like fuel oil and medicine.  From 2015, EDA has also been implementing a more long term strategy to combat the growing idleness and despair in the town – funding camp schools for the many children missing education, and setting up a training and workshop centre, where short vocational courses impart useful skills, and facilities are available for community activities.

The Feminist Review Trust is funding a women’s workshop in the centre. It provides access to computers, informal knitting groups and a sewing workshop. It is also funding four two-month vocational courses for women in subjects for which there is the greatest demand, and of the most immediate benefit in the community – English language, sewing, literacy, and First Aid.

www.edinburghdirectaid.org


Syrian refugee women and girls in Edinburgh £6,000
With funding from the Feminist Review Trust and matched funding totalling £12,000, Saheliya will provide 10 hours of Arabic Support each week for female Syrian women, girls aged 12+ and other Arabic speaking clients.  The Arabic Support Worker will give specific one to one support to enable women to take part in their front line services which include counselling, therapeutic services, one to one support and group sessions. She will also help resolve any issues regarding schools, housing, health, utility bills etc at a weekly drop in service and provide support within their ESOL beginners and intermediate classes.  Saheliya will arrange ‘Living and Learning in Edinburgh’ outings to give women the opportunity to get to know the main city and the surrounding districts where they may be housed

The Support Worker will work closely with Arabic speaking girls aged 12+ to encourage and support them to take part in Young Saheliya activities. This will give the girls an opportunity to mix with others from a wide range of communities, receive support within schools and colleges and identify future employment prospects. Girls will also be supported to take part in creative activities such as dance, music and arts and crafts so they can have enjoy themselves and have fun.

www.saheliya.co.uk


Vange Women’s Network £4,965
The idea for The Vange Women’s Network came from a group of women in Vange in Basildon Essex, who discussed what they needed in order to change their lives.  Many of the women feel isolated and face many disadvantages. With funding from the Feminist Review Trust they will plan a series of inspirational and practical workshops, supported by mentors, who will work together with them to explore their hopes, dreams and aspirations and help them create their own personal development plans. They will discuss role models and body image and will have the opportunity to learn new skills, lead healthier lifestyles,  and importantly, take control of their lives.   The women want to be an inspiration to their children and this programme will help them to build the foundations needed to empower them to take control of their lives and explore their place in the community.

www.healthylivingsolutions.org.uk

August 2016 Awards

Breast Feeding in Leicester £2,796
Leicester Mammas is a Community Programme, run by local mothers for local mothers. Based in one of the most diverse, multicultural communities in the UK, with high levels of child poverty and health and social inequalities, the group support pregnant and new mothers to adapt to motherhood and especially to breastfeed their babies. Their community values breastfeeding and understands the important role it plays in supporting health and well-being, yet many women still face barriers, with those facing the worst hardships and crisis the least likely to establish and maintain breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is not the responsibility of individual women, but the responsibility of the whole of society. In 2016 there is a Call to Action by breastfeeding organisations for a national breastfeeding strategy. The group will use the grant to contribute to the discussion and be an effective voice at a national level to ensure the issue of how infant feeding and inequalities are linked, and how this affects the lives of the poorest in society (and cost to society), is given a higher profile.

 

The project will enable volunteers to gain the skills and confidence, as well as the practical means to participate in the discussions and get their opinions heard. Volunteers will be able to attend conferences and participate in meetings of the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities.  The award will also be used to increase awareness across Leicester of their work and why this project is needed.

www.mammas.org.uk


Sexual violence of Syrian refugees £6,000
The Syrian crisis has forced its people to flee war atrocities to neighboring countries. Jordan, despite scarce resources and lack of sufficient professionals, has hosted Syrian refugees and tried to provide for their many immediate needs. However, the most vulnerable refugees are women and girls who were sexually abused and tortured.

During 2014, UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and Dr. Niveen Rizkalla have conducted a study on mental health of Syrian refugees in Jordanian host-communities and their helpers – professionals working with Syrian refugees at 30 organisations. A preliminary analysis indicates that professionals are buckling under the pressure of coping with refugees’ unmet needs, mental health impacts, as well as an enormous need for supervision, training and education of practical skills, especially in sexual violence topics.

The influx of refugees in Jordan together with the lack of sufficient training and support when coping with complex issues, leave professionals in a vulnerable and frustrating position with an inability to effectively assist refugees, which eventually harm the refugees.

The award from the Feminist Review Trust will support a training project in Arabic that addresses the specific needs/capacities of senior staff who work at multiple organisations via one month of intensive workshops on best practices of coping with sexual violence of refugees. The project will target the training of senior staff to enable them to train others, and expand the networking within each organisation and across organisations. This working model will boost future independent collaborations, opportunities to maximize resources and the sharing of knowledge, all of which benefit the refugee, local populations and staff.


Afghan women – newly arrived in the UK £3,376
This project will support newly arrived Afghan women suffering from depression due to the trauma of war, stressful journeys and isolation.  The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association will invite ten to fifteen women to attend workshops. They will work with local groups including organisations that work with people from minority ethnic backgrounds, colleges and community centres to ensure the project has the target number of attendees required to make it viable. Each workshop would be confirmed three to four weeks in advance to ensure there is ample time for promotion and outreach. Quarterly evaluation sessions will also be conducted with attendees to get feedback on the workshops. This will allow participants to have a key role in choosing topics covered at the workshops. Gaining skills and achieving heightened autonomy will help local women in multiple pursuits including job seeking, raising awareness, balancing a healthy home and leading a fulfilling social life. The workshops will cover topics such as integration, social cohesion and women’s rights.  Podcasts of the presentations given will be made available to the community through our website to ensure as many women as possible have access to the materials, not just those who attend.

www.acaa.org.uk 


April 2016 Awards

Women in the music industry £2,000
Saffron Records is a Social Enterprise running as a Community Interest Company. Launched in September 2015, it seeks to change the way women are perceived within the music industry, one empowered woman at a time. As the first female youth record label, Saffron Records is creating safer foundations for young women age 16­24 to access the music industry with confidence and courage to succeed.

Saffron Records wants to encourage the young women they work with to have a voice and offer them a platform to amplify these voices, focusing on musicality, not sexuality. They offer artists mentoring and development on a one to one basis in Bristol. This can include anything from vocal training, to creative writing, to stage presence, to identity and self-promotion. The grant will be used for costs of mentoring and rehearsal hire space.

www.saffronrecords.co.uk


Production of high quality, low cost sanitary napkins £11,062
Led by Isango Coalition Group against Poverty and Disease, this projects will produce high quality, low cost sanitary napkins for over 150,000 school girls and rural women in the western region of Uganda to enable them to attend school, participate in sport and improve their health and hygiene.  The biodegradable sanitary napkins produced will be sold at an affordable price of US$0.07 over the production costs of US$0.40.  The income earned will be used to sustain the project.


Youth victims of domestic violence £1,807.68
The Harmony Project is the only specialist domestic abuse refuge in England to work exclusively with young women aged 16-24 and their children. The project is operated by Crossroads Derbyshire, a Women’s Aid affiliated domestic abuse provider, and is located in the High Peak area of Derbyshire. The project provides a place of safety for an average of 22 young women and their children each year from across the UK. Police figures show that women in this age group are the most at risk of sexual violence, forced marriage and online grooming.

With funding from the Feminist Review Trust, the charity will set up a Survivors’ Support Group for young women who have moved on from the refuge and have settled into their own tenancies in the local area. The group will offer peer support for young women living in the community after they have escaped and recovered from abuse. It will also provide ongoing advice on keeping themselves safe, and on housing, education, finance, parenting, self-esteem and any other needs. The group will also encourage young women to take on a mentoring role for new residents when they first come into refuge.

The group will be encouraged to contribute to the national debate on domestic abuse services for younger women via forums and panels. The women are willing to produce short videos for circulation on social media, to talk to commissioners and contribute to future academic studies.

www.crossroadsderbyshire.org


Women refugees and asylum seekers in Merseyside   £6,820
MRANG was established as a registered charity in 2004 to meet the unaddressed needs of female refugees and asylum seekers in Merseyside, with a focus at that time on pre & post-natal support. The organisation has since grown to offer a wide range of support to women refugees and asylum seekers, including victims of trafficking, sexual violence, domestic servitude and other gender based violence. The women face multiple disadvantages, for example mental and physical health problems, poverty compounded by the fact that they will be in a marginalised group and will experience prejudice.

MRANG provides two outreach sessions per week where women and their children get an opportunity to make friends, get a hot meal and access our support services. The outreach team undertakes weekly visits to accommodation centres to engage with women new to the area. MRANG also runs a very popular weekly afterschool club where children get extra support from teachers to help with their homework and women receive English language classes from an ESOL qualified teacher.  The family support team offer a wide variety of crucial support and advocacy services. The Feminist Review Trust award will contribute towards the running costs during 2016.

www.mrang.org.uk


Inclusion of disabled women in community development in Nepal £4,583
Gramin Mahila Sriajanshil Pariwar (GMSP) is a long established and very effective women-led community development group in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, working to combat women and child slavery and trafficking, gender violence and to promote economic development and women’s health – all major concerns in this hilly and poor district, north of Kathmandu, where many men migrate to work overseas and where levels of trafficking are notoriously high.

Sindhupalchowk was at the epicentre of the 2015 earthquakes and since then GMSP has been one of the lead local organisations co-ordinating emergency post earthquake aid in the district for both men and women, with a particular emphasis on psycho-social support.

Working with Disabled Human Rights Centre Nepal, GMSP became concerned that disabled women were not fully engaged or included in their mission to empower and support rural women.  GMSP are now working to

become thoroughly disability inclusive at every level from the village based self help groups which are at their core, through the whole organisational structure (including staff and board), using the skills and expertise of the Disabled Human Rights Centre to provide disability training and awareness raising.

The Feminist Review Trust’s support will also enable GMSP to set up three disabled women’s self help groups with approximately 12 women in each and to make their office more disability friendly by installing an accessible toilet in their current temporary (post earthquake) offices and funding for other accessibility features.

March 2016 Awards

Polish domestic violence helpline £2,862
The Polish Domestic Violence Helpline is a dedicated helpline offering support to Polish speaking women who are affected by domestic abuse in England.  Currently the helpline operates one day per week, taking calls from people who are at risk themselves or who are concerned about someone who is at risk of domestic abuse.  Referrals are made to the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) in their area so that local agencies can work together to provide a response to the abusive situation.

The award from the Feminist Review Trust will provide for a computer, the setting up and using of broadband and a secure data management system – Modus.  It is hoped these tools will enable the service to provide women with better information about available help and support and to refer families more effectively to appropriate agencies for further support

www.nowezyciebezprzemocy.co.uk

January 2016 Awards

Gender and ethnic equality seminars in Rojava, North Syria £9,800
The war and the pre-existing feudal-patriarchal societal structures in Syria have a negative impact on the development of children, women and therefore for the whole family. Further, people are strongly affected by the embargo, poverty and the lack of education possibilities for children. Under the slogan “A free woman is basic for a free society”, the Foundation of Free Woman in Rojava (WJAR) runs sustainable projects to improve the gender, health, economic and ecological situation in society.   WJAR seeks to limit patriarchal attitudes by opening kindergardens for children aged 3 to 6.

 

With the support of the Feminist Review Trust, WJAR is running a special education programme to improve gender and ethnic equality for one year. In the kindergarden, children are open, full of energy, and wanting to discover themselves and the world. This is the right of children. The staff members at the kindergarden are trained in child care. This includes the psychology of children and families and the support needs of children affected and suffering under the circumstances of war and violence. The training seeks to improve the support of gender and ethnical equality in daily work, how to operate in an intercultural environment and how to support family problems.

 

With trained teachers, the quality of the children’s care is growing. For the first time in Syria, children will learn about the different cultures and ethnics of Syria and Rojava.

 

www.weqfajinaazad.org


Equality support and training for disabled women in Sri Lanka   £8,614.24
Equality-based Community Support and Training (ECSAT) is a registered local non- governmental, non- profitable and charitable organisation established in Galle, Sri Lanka in 2005.

 

ECSAT has offered training for disabled women in a residential home in Galle. However, they have been unable to target the needs of all the women due to minimal resources.  Many women are severely disabled and are locked up in their rooms, with no facilities for visitors or other activities. They have not been to school and have few social skills due to isolation within their own families.

 

Through continuous research and by word of mouth since 2009, ECSAT has identified 34 vulnerable disabled women in the Galle district who are at risk of being institutionalised.

 

ECSAT is delivering a project to de- institutionalise the daily life of residents of Bonavista and prevent institutionalisation for disabled women living with families in the Galle community. ECSAT will provide disability rights training, vocational training and social and Life skills training for both residents and women in the community.

 

www.ecsatlanka.org


Widening the aspirations of young women £1,600
Young women in the North East of England traditionally out perform boys at GCSE level but are greatly underrepresented in industries such as Engineering, Construction, Sciences and others which are traditionally seen as the preserve of males. This is not because they do not have the skills to work in these areas but sometimes they do not have the right information about these industries and low aspirations about what they could do.

 

This award is for a one day event to bring together young women with role models from these industries to inspire and widen their horizons, encouraging them to consider GCSE subjects, jobs and careers previously viewed as only for suitable for males.  80 female students selected by schools in deprived areas of Newcastle will attend.

 

The event will focus on the Young Enterprise principle of ‘learning by doing’ and be an active and engaging day, providing information and support to the students through the engagement of local employers.  The students will gain an insight and practice the key employability skills that employers are looking for of teamwork, communication, resilience, confidence, initiative, financial capability, organisation and problem solving.  On the day the students will work in teams on group activities , which will challenge them to develop their team working , problem solving, decision making  and presentation skills which are key to working in these sectors.

www.young-enterprise.org.uk

December 2015 Awards

Sexual violence in social movements in the UK £4,434.90
Salvage is a collective of survivors, activists and allies who aim to challenge endemic sexual violence and inadequate responses to sexual violence within radical social justice movements in the UK. There is currently very little known about the experiences and needs of sexual violence survivors and there is substantial backlash against survivor-led feminist activism (e.g. safer spaces policies, trigger warnings, consent activism, community accountability processes) within the radical Left. A participatory action research project ‘Salvage: Gendered Harms in Activist Communities’, the first with survivors of sexual violence in activist communities in the UK, is due for completion at the end of January 2016.

 

With funding from the Feminist Review Trust, Salvage will deliver a public training and development project: a series of free and accessible workshops provisionally titled ‘How to Best Respond to Sexual Violence within your Organisation/Group’. This workshop series will be delivered in partnership with activist groups across the UK during June-September 2016. These workshops will address the information and practical needs of activists and effectively put our research findings into practice. With expertise and training from Bryony Beynon (co-director of Hollaback London, Good Night Out and training facilitator at Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre), w activists from a range of social movement organisations, including anti-austerity, animal rights, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist and environmental groups, will be enabled to develop more effective ways to prevent and respond to sexual violence tailored to the specific practices and cultures of their organisation or group. This action is crucial to maximise women’s political participation, particularly in a climate of deepening austerity that disproportionately impacts upon the lives of women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, women on low incomes and in precarious part-time employment, women with disabilities and mental health problems, and women with caring responsibilities.
https://projectsalvage.wordpress.com


Young women in West Sussex £6,384
My Sisters’ House CIC is receiving funding to:

  • launch a young women’s working party in the local area of Bognor Regis/Chichester, West Sussex.
  • Pilot a ‘HEART Club’ at a local Secondary School with the possibility to roll out to other schools
  • in partnership with the University of Chichester, Students Unions Women’s Officer, set up a UK Feminista local group, organising joint projects and activities.

The ‘HEART Plus Club’ will be a structured youth led, extra-curricular programme for young women aged 13 – 18 years old. The pilot club will be held at a local secondary school where it would run weekly sessions for iabout 50 girls in one full school year dropping in and out of the program as they wish. It will be available for any girl not just those chosen/part of the inclusion system and aim to build healthy self-image, body confidence and self-esteem while retaining individuality. HEART stands for Health, Energy, Awareness, Resilience and Truth, all aspects that will help encourage the girls to come together to discuss, explore and celebrate positive body image, a sense of personal identity, self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, acceptance and developing their voice.

In partnership with The University of Chichester’s Student Union, Women’s Officer, My Sister’s House will establish a local UK Feminista group. This group will integrate older young women university students with members of the working party and the ‘Heart plus’ Club – joining the local community together in feminism. There is no UK Feminista group within the immediate area however with the university and local supporters of My Sister’s House, there is potential to have an established feminist group that can help tackle equality and influence local social policy.

www.mysistershouse.co.uk


 

Language exchange café £4,000
Paxton Green Time Bank (PGTB) and Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) will develop a co-produced language exchange ‘café’.  Women will exchange language skills (Spanish/English) and get to know each other by sharing time and knowledge. This fortnightly hub will lead to the exchange of other skills and other co-produced social opportunities. Timebanking skills typically offered can include help with IT, sharing local knowledge, dressmaking, Recipe swaps, decorating, gardening, letter writing, befriending, fitness buddies, help with CV writing. In Timebanking, for every hour spent sharing a skill, you earn one credit which you can spend on getting help in return. This process of co-production redefines work, valuing the core economy of caring, home making and child raising as equal to more traditionally valued and defined ‘work’.

www.pgtimebank.org

www.lawrs.org.uk/en

August 2015 Awards

Therapeutic support for women refugees and asylum seekers £12,000
The Women’s Therapy Centre which was established nearly 40 years ago, offers a high-quality gender sensitive service to women. The Centre aims to offer accessible therapy to all women, taking into account their needs and their linguistic, cultural and faith backgrounds.

 

The Feminist Review Trust is providing funding for the Women’s Therapy Centre to meet core costs to enable therapeutic services to be offered to 100 refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced gender violence and abuse across London.

 

The Centre will deliver:

 

Information and taster sessions in community venues which will enable women to learn more about their emotional health, how to access advice and support and start to dispel the stigma about mental distress.

 

Psycho-education groups in community venues
In these therapeutic groups women will be given a chance to talk about and reflect on their experiences and learn some coping techniques.

 

Longer term one to one therapy sessions for those who would benefit from more intensive support to deal with trauma and long standing issues with a senior therapist.

 

Practical support and signposting to women so they can attend therapy by providing travel and childcare costs, as well as signing and interpretation.

 

Reflective sessions and training for staff and volunteers of front line services who are working with particularly isolated and disadvantaged women especially refugees and asylum seekers experiencing  gender violence and abuse.

 

Work in partnership with a range of agencies to ensure the Centre receives appropriate referrals and is able to support very vulnerable refugee and asylum woman with complex problems through therapeutic and practical support.

 

www.womenstherapycentre.co.uk


Housing research project £7,548
Focus E15 is a housing campaign in east London led by young women from the borough of Newham. The campaign started in September 2013 when a group of young mothers were served eviction notices after Newham Council cut its funding to the Focus E15 hostel, which housed young homeless people. When the women approached the Council for help, they were advised that, due to cuts to housing benefit and the lack of affordable housing in London, they would have to accept private rented accommodation as far away as Manchester, Hastings and Birmingham if they wanted to be rehoused. This prompted the mothers to get organised and demand ‘social housing not social cleansing’ for all in London. Since September 2013 they have successfully fought the evictions of a number of people, organised a three-week occupation of a block of empty council flats, and have worked with other campaigns to build a citywide movement for housing justice.

The Feminist Review award is for a research project to gather information that will enable activists to better resist the removal of individuals and families from the borough and to demand the right to decent housing for all. Each week many Newham residents visit the campaign stall and tell activists the stories of their struggles to be housed and remain in Newham. This project will enable the activists, working in collaboration with two academics from the universities of Leeds and Sheffield, to capture these stories using questionnaires and interviews. This information will then be used by Focus E15, working in collaboration with a housing lawyer, to campaign for better social housing provision and to contest the displacement of residents from Newham. The research will enable the campaign to mount a legal challenge to the local authority’s failure to house people in the borough on human rights grounds.

www.focuse15.org


Art therapy for women prisoners from overseas £5,000
A Feminist Review Trust award will part fund the development, continuation and evaluation of the Onyx Art Therapy Group: A project for women from overseas detained in prison in the UK. Women prisoners from overseas – known as ‘foreign nationals’ – can face specific hardship in prison including; isolation, displacement and inequality of opportunity. They may have experienced abuse and trauma and be struggling to have their mental health needs met in an unfamiliar setting.

The Onyx Art Therapy Group project will provide an important intervention for women prisoners from overseas who may have limited English language. Art therapy utilises art-making as the primary mode of communication and can provide a vehicle to express emotions. This innovative project will provide therapeutic support for women who have not often had access to intervention of this kind. The project will encourage group members to develop their creativity and visual language within a therapeutic space; creating a rich dialogue of cultural exchange. It will assist the women to support and improve their well-being whilst in prison and reduce the risk of reoffending upon release by offering a space in which women prisoners can process emotions and past trauma through art making and group processes.

The project will be evaluated and the findings will help to inform and guide further arts therapy projects working with women from overseas in UK prisons. Ultimately the project aims to lead to the formation of a charity to deliver such programmes. Partnerships with services working with women from overseas in prison will provide an excellent opportunity to disseminate findings from the project and promote understanding and equality within the prison and beyond.

March 2015 Awards

Support groups for victims of sexual abuse £4,978
RoSA is a charity established 22 years ago to provide specialist support services for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence throughout Warwickshire.

The Feminist Review Trust award will help fund support groups for women who have experienced the trauma of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence. Through creating a strong network of support, friendship and care, the women’s isolation will be reduced, allowing them time and space to begin to rebuild their lives. Facilitated by two experienced counsellors, the support group’s ‘closed sessions’ will run in a block of 12 weeks. The support groups will provide a non- judgemental, safe environment where women will be in a position to learn coping strategies other than self-harming behaviours such as, cutting, eating disorders, reckless behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse. Within the support groups there will be opportunities to learn assertiveness skills and life skills and to explore issues such as anxiety, managing anger, low mood and depression. Through group support the women’s confidence and self-esteem can grow enabling them to take back control of their lives. In many cases women who have experienced abuse are too afraid to attend routine health checks for example, breast screening or dental care. A support worker will accompany the women to appointments if needed or a health worker can attend group sessions to talk to the women regarding health checks. Together in the supportive atmosphere of a group the women will have the chance to discuss and gain understanding of the cycle of abuse so that they are in a position to take better care of themselves and their families. Women attending the support groups will experience improved mental health, a happier outlook on their future and feel more able to access further education, employment, leisure activities, experience improved relationships and become part of their community.
www.rosasupport.org


Bishkek Feminist Initiative £6,000
This award will fund a community-building and storytelling project inspired by running Bishkek’s Collective’s House and open feminist school/library (supported by the Feminist Review Trust in 2013-14) when activists from various communities were sharing knowledge, mentoring each other,  building skills, discussing shared causes and reflecting their own narratives together. Bringing community activism to their neighbourhoods emerged as a priority for young feminists in Bishkek city. The project will visualize and promote everyday activism, feminist practices, stories and voices. It will also initiate spatial dialogues with the city and communities about environmental and economic justice through direct community action and awareness-raising. Activists will build a mobile TV/multimedia studio to document, edit and post on our media outlets and in public spaces and organize bi-weekly storytelling, multimedia and art workshops. At the same time, there will be do-it-yourself and do-it-together workshops for underserved communities, mostly for women and transgender people (i.e. fixing bicycles, renovating furniture, using wood stove, fixing basic electric appliances around the house, using drill, fixing drains and so on)

January 2015 Awards

Adolescent girls’ migration in Ethiopia and Bangladesh £6,000
A research project, funded by the Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS) explores the impact of adolescent girls’ migration on their own lives, on their families and communities, and potentially on national social development. It compares the internal and international migration of specific groups of working adolescent girls in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan. The research fills an existing major gap in knowledge about the reasons adolescent girls migrate, their aspirations and experiences.  It will provide insights into their agency and capacity to choose, their future opportunities, as well as the many constraints in their lives.The Feminist Review Trust is partially funding a documentary film  – Time to look at girls: adolescent girls’ migration and development – which is the main dissemination tool of the research project. It explores the links between migration of adolescent girls and development in the Global South and contextualises adolescents’ and young women’s agency, choices and migration experiences. The film will portray the lives of adolescent girls’ migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. It seeks to fulfil a feminist commitment of sharing knowledge beyond academia and contributing to better understanding of the conditions under which research participants live.The film will be character driven, with stories developing through the words of the main characters, with no over narration.  The aim is to show the decision-making, experiences of migration, potential effects on the lives of the adolescent girls as well as on their family and household members. To break away from the dominant focus on trafficking and girls’ lack of agency in migration, the film will show resilience, coping strategies and agency of the girls faced with difficult choices of migration in the context of their everyday life, their obligations and struggles, and their dreams and aspirations for the future.

December 2014 Awards

Building foundations for women in business £1,896
Wayfinder Women are holding an event titled ‘Working your way’ for unemployed women of all ages, ethnicity, and abilities living in Eastbourne and surrounding districts.  It is particularly for women living in areas of deprivation, and/or with limited or no local female support networks and/or no local education or employment centres.Lack of self-confidence is a major issue for women seeking work, they have limited aspirations and there is a lack of positive female role models.   ‘Working your Way’ will be a first contact engagement activity introducing women to positive role models, providing practical advice and support to start to build their self-confidence so that they then feel able to consider entering the world of work.Speakers will describe how they successfully overcame challenges to enter paid or voluntary work, or set up a business.  They will talk about the skills and attitude required to overcome barriers.  This will be followed by a training session giving insights and practical advice about building self-confidence as a first step to building self-belief.  There will also be an opportunity to speak to the various support agencies/ organisations/ employers who will be staffing advice tables. The event will also showcase the continuing support services available through WayfinderWoman, a mutual support organisation of women in business – women of working age who wish to, or are currently employed in/own any business/organisation in the private, public or charitable sector.

The progress of participants will be tracked and subsequent analysis will hopefully provide evidence to support future applications to funding bodies to run continuing WayfinderWoman support groups and gender specific training as identified by the women themselves.

September 2014 Awards

Gendering Asylum Protection Systems £15,000
As indicated by the title of the project, “Gendering Asylum Protection System” and its acronym “GAPS”, this project seeks to fill serious gaps in the asylum system in Italy that has emerged during the lengthy experience of Differenza Donna, supporting and assisting women escaping from all kinds of violence, including gender based persecutions and domestic violence.The authorities do not take into account or underestimate the severe persecutions suffered by women because they are women, ignore women’s specific needs and difficulties within the asylum assessment procedures and lack knowledge of the gender based issues related to each country.  The project aims to raise awareness about how the gender blindness of the legal requirements and procedures makes women’s access to refugee status ineffective.In order to design an integrated and gendered system of services for women asylum seekers, Differenza Donna will collect data and information to submit to policy makers and public authorities and encourage funding of tailored initiatives. The project includes the following actions:

  1. Context analysis to identify gender issues on asylum policies, legislation and practices by referring to studies and reports at EU and international level. The context analysis will include a picture of the actual EU and international feminist debates and actions on women refugees’ rights and issues.
  2. Collection of data and information inhering the number of women asylum seekers, the reasons why they seek for international protection, the number of successes and failures of women requests, the motivations of the rejections, the practices emerged during the procedures.
  3. Analysis of the collected data and information and the writing of a report developing policy recommendations and guidelines for an effective access of women to refugee status.
  4. Publication on the websites of stakeholders and a workshop during which the report will be presented and discussed together with the public and private stakeholders, including the representatives of the National and local commissions for international protection and UNHCR representatives.

www.differenzadonna.org

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